Friday, May 31, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California appeals court upholds moratorium on executions

Ronnie Cohen, Reuters

(Reuters) - A California appeals court upheld a judge's ruling on Thursday prohibiting the state from executing condemned inmates until it adopts a new lethal-injection protocol, in the latest judicial move against capital punishment in the state.

Court: Calif. erred in new lethal injection regs
Jason Dearen, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—Executions in California will remain suspended after a state appeals court ruled that corrections officials made several "substantial" procedural errors when they adopted new lethal injection rules.

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Bill to distribute condoms in California prisons advances

Susan Abram, The Los Angeles Daily News

A bill that would allow condoms to be distributed in California prisons has passed the state Assembly and now moves to the Senate, officials said Thursday.


Realignment, SJ County style, appears to reduce crime
Dennis Wyatt, Manteca Bulletin

Prison realignment - given how San Joaquin County is implementing it - may end up reducing crime.

Agency: Realignment law undermines role of judges
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Overcrowding in many county jails is forcing local sheriffs to assume the role traditionally held by judges in deciding who should make bail and how long convicts should serve behind bars, a state oversight agency said Thursday.


Female Inmates Helping To Fight Wildfires
CBS Los Angeles

MALIBU ( — With fire season off to an early start, female inmates in one of California’s prison camps are working together to help prevent and fight wildfires in the Southland.

Lawyers claim physical abuse of mentally ill inmates
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

Prison lawyers have asked a federal judge to sanction California for excessive physical punishment, from overuse of pepper spray to isolation in barren cells, against mentally ill inmates.

Bay Point: Christopher Miller, a serial child porn distributor, convicted in abuse of 11-year-old
Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times

BAY POINT -- In what prosecutors call one of the worst Contra Costa child molestation cases in recent memory, a jury Wednesday convicted serial child porn peddler Christopher Miller on 29 child molestation counts, along with child pornography charges.

Man who stabbed pregnant wife in front of children at Chula Vista home gets 15 years to life
Associated Press

CHULA VISTA, California — A man who stabbed to death his pregnant wife in front of their sons in San Diego County has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.


A last chance for San Diego kids
Marty Graham, California Health Report,

A unique San Diego diversion program may be the last chance for many troubled local kids to stay out of the criminal justice system.

Jay Moser, a San Diego police sergeant who runs the program, employs a combination of “Scared Straight” tactics for the kids and a parenting class for their families that steeps them in ideas about who their kids are, how to better connect with them and how to manage their own frustration and anger.

Sacramento's correctional center: Information, insights
Kim Minugh, The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department invited the local media for a tour of the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center this morning.

Located in deep, rural south Sacramento County, RCCC is one of two correctional facilities run by the Sheriff's Department and primarily holds inmates who've already been sentenced. Inmates awaiting trial typically are housed at the Main Jail in downtown Sacramento, though RCCC currently holds about 420 pre-trial inmates who couldn't fit in the Main Jail.

Arrest warrant issued before man allegedly shot pregnant woman
Carol Ferguson,

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man wanted for the attempted murder of a pregnant woman was already wanted by police for previous crimes. Eyewitness News has learned an arrest warrant for Ruben Cervantez, 30, went out on Tuesday. He's accused of shooting the woman on Milo Avenue early Wednesday morning.